My question relates to the definition of what constitutes "original date of hearing" in a employment related disciplinary hearing.
After my suspension from work on 30th May 2018 I was called in for a investigation meeting.
I was verbally told at the investigation meeting on the Wed 6th June that I will have to come to a disciplinary hearing on the Mon 11th June.
However, on Friday 8th June I was told that the Mon 11th June had to be cancelled because the investigating manager had not completed the report due to a family bereavement, and it was not clear when the investigation manager would return.
On 12th June at 4:45pm I received an email from HR with the investigation report and other paperwork, including an invitation to attend the disciplinary meeting on the 15th June.
However, I wanted to exercise my rights to have the meeting on 20th June, which is within the 5 days of the original date on 15th June, this in order to find representation for the hearing at short notice would be difficult and my chronic pain disability that makes it difficult for me to focus and prepare a defence .
But the employer has refused to extend the hearing date to the 20th June but given me till Mon 18th June claiming that the original date stands at the 11th June not 15th June, although it was cancelled by the employer as explained above.
Employer has threatened to have the hearing without me on the Mon 18th. I have under protest agreed to attend on the 18th June on my own as I could not find representation given the short notice.
My question is, what is the original date in the given scenario above? Is it the 11th June when investigation report was not even complete and the Employer cancelled the meeting or the 15th June which was a written invitation after the investigation report had been completed and I was sent a copy with supporting documents?
Please can you clarify the above.